Josie Hickel, President of Chugach Commercial Holdings, is responsible for leading strategy and oversight for Chugach Alaska Corporation’s (Chugach) commercial business portfolio. Chugach commercial businesses operate in the energy and facilities services sector in Alaska, Hawaii and Chicago, Illinois. In addition, she oversees commercial land development projects.
Hickel has garnered more than three decades of experience in Alaska for a range of commercial companies. Prior to joining Chugach, she served as chief administrative officer for Petro 49 Inc., where she directed administrative functions for its petroleum distribution and marine transportation operations throughout Alaska and the Yukon Territory.
Hickel is an active Board member and volunteer for several nonprofits, including the Alaska Sealife Center, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council and the Alaska Support Industry Alliance. She was inducted into the Athena Society in 2012 for outstanding leadership in both business and community service.
Hickel holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and human resources. She also holds certifications in both Senior and Global Professional of Human Resources.
Hickel is a lifelong Alaskan. She is of Aleut descent and a shareholder of Chugach Alaska Corporation, the parent company of Chugach Commercial Holdings. She grew up in a remote homestead near Moose Pass, Alaska, where she and her siblings lived a traditional subsistence lifestyle. She is married to Dr. Jack Hickel, who is an advocate for the Alaska Native community and physician for the Alaska Native Medical Center. Together they have six adult children and five grandchildren.